Originally Posted by XanaduMama
Any tips for campus interviews? Meetings with deans? Grad students? Job talks and Q&A?
i won't try to cover the whole thing but one quick thing I did right on my last interview was I nailed the 'elevator talk' - ie someone asks you what you are working as you enter an elevator, and you have a brief but compelling synopsis that is done by the time you reach the __th floor. In other words, really thinking about 2-3 minute versus 5-10 minute versus much more detailed descriptions of my research, and also thinking about how to revise those for experts in my field vs the dean from another school vs grad students, etc. I thought I could wing this (who knows my research better than me?), and did so in 3 other interviews, but actually really thinking and even practicing a bit before hand really helped. I did NOT assume that every faculty member I spoke to had read my resume (or at least was very familiar with it), and it turns that I was correct! so having those 'talks' ready was useful.
I wasn't pregnant at the time, but I still made sure to pack protein and energy snacks and water in my briefcase thingy. meals are not so much about eating and I got hungry.
oh, and review your schedule carefully. To make sure you have enough breaks planned, especially before your talk(s). I noticed on mine that a certain faculty member wasn't on my list to speak to and I specifically asked him to be added because I wanted to talk about some collaborative research. Turns out he didn't think we would have anything in common, so didn't sign up, but has ended up being a very strong supporter and I think that swayed him during the hiring process.
nuff for now.